Although this year’s Summer Olympics has been postponed, there are several movies — available for streaming — that evoke the inspiration of those iconic games. Some highlight specific athletes while others focus on failed attempts of prospective Olympians. In alphabetical order, they are:
“Chariots of Fire” (1981), directed by Hugh Hudson…This poignant British historical drama is about class distinction in the years after World War I, focusing on two runners training for the 1924 Paris Olympics — Scotman Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), the son of Protestant missionaries, and Jewish Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), the son of a Lithuanian immigrant. Their competition is astutely augmented by Vangelis’s evocative, Oscar-winning score.